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Brisworthy stone circle

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Brisworthy stone circle

List entry Number: 1012227


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 04-Feb-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Oct-1991

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10594

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in Southern Britain and because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provides direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. The Dartmoor stone circles are an important part of the national pattern of distribution of these monuments. Although partly restored, the Brisworthy stone circle is a good surviving example of its kind.


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Large circular arrangements of upright stones set into the ground were built for ceremonial or funerary purposes. On Dartmoor they are often found in association with stone alignments and burial monuments. They are thought to date mainly to the Bronze Age, and specifically to the late third or second millennium BC. The Brisworthy stone circle stands close to a cairn and within a few hundred metres of a stone alignment, near the boundary of enclosed farmland north- east of Brisworthy. It was re-erected in 1909, at which time there were four stones standing and eighteen fallen and possible traces of three others. In its restored form it is 27m by 24m in diameter and consists of twenty-four stones from 0.3m to 1.4m in height and from 0.6m to 0.9m in width. Worth suggests that there would have been forty-two stones originally, the present gaps on the south side are probably the result of robbing during the building of the enclosure wall to the south.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

SX 56 NE 005,

National Grid Reference: SX 56467 65489


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